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The Joneses [DVD]

David Duchovny , Demi Moore    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IVZRVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,621 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Perfect couple Steve (David Duchovny) and Kate Jones (Demi Moore), and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn (Amber Heard) and Mick (Ben Hollingsworth), are the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class American life. Kate is the ultimate trend setter - beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Steve is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of high-tech toys. Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy - cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as their friends and neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the dark truth about this all too perfect family.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the philosopher in you 23 Dec 2010
By Peter Roxburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The title of my review should instantly tell you that this is NOT a comedy. If you watch it thinking it is a comedy, you will be sorely disappointed, as some of the other reviewers were.

This is really more like a modern-day parable about family, money, possessions and friends.

About 5 minutes into the film, I said to my wife 'We know that they aren't real, what's the story?', thinking I was going to be bored out of my wits for the next hour and a bit. Thankfully I didn't give up so quickly and actually found it a very intriguing film.

It does not drag at all but moves at a decent pace for a film that fits squarely in the philosophical drama category.

The characters are all played well and I found myself being empathetic towards them by the end of the film. They are, as you would imagine from people living a fake life, quite one dimensional. Even 'behind closed doors' Demi and David's characters do not change very much, but you can see them reaching out for reality.

I really liked this film. It is a great parable and with the right group of friends it could stir some interesting discussions.

If you like films that make you stop and think even for a short while, then this will do that. If you are looking for a comedy, then 'Did you hear about the Morgans?' Did You Hear About The Morgans? [DVD] [2009]might be a better choice.

hope that helps
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that will you think about what you buy! 7 Feb 2011
By Clare Mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first watched this film because it was avaliable as a cheap rental download, but having seen it once I went on to buy the DVD to share with friends and family. I don't want to give away too much about the plot, but the premise is so clever it will leave you wondering if there could be any truth in the concept and questioning how much of what you buy is really needed or just purchased because your friends have one...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Joneses are a family of extremely successful and fashion-orientated individuals, always at the forefront of the new fashions and trends. At least that's how it looks from the outside. Secretly all of the members of the family are completely unrelated and are recruited to pose as a family unit to inspire their new neighbours in the very affluent neighbourhood they have just moved into to envy what they have, the seemingly blissful ideal of perfection. As they 'inspire' their new friends and co-workers to want what they have, whether it's the latest car, the new designer sweatsuits or even the performance enhancing driver, their numbers are closely watched & measured by the corporation responsible for overseeing the 'stealth-marketing' initiative. When 'keeping up with the Joneses' bankrupts one of his new-found friends (Gary Cole - Office Space), Steve (David Duchovny) begins to question the morality of his job and what he really wants out of life.

I was captivated by this film from beginning to end as it has such a decent premise; the power of the word of mouth effect. By posing as affluent & immensely successful individuals they capture their neighbours aspirations and become the trendsetters effectively driving the market for the clothes they wear and cars they drive. This alone would be enough for a great film, but couple this with the drama unfolding behind the polished facade, some exciting on-screen chemistry between Duchovny and Demi Moore, an 'in-the-closet' actor playing the high-school jock son (Ben Hollingsworth) and a nymphomaniac daughter (the stunning Amber Heard) makes for a truly great cinematic experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
A false family of conmen and conwomen move into an affluent American suburb and systematically fleece the gullible neighbours into purchasing products they're contracted to flog (David Duchovny and Demi Moore star). Cue all manner of ducking and diving and greed corrupting everything it touches...

"The Joneses" is kept interesting by a brilliant script that keeps the lead characters losing their souls a little bit more each and ever day. Their cleverness stops being fun and soon everything (including growing love) is sabotaged by money. Will they see the error of their capitalistic ways?

I loved “The Joneses” and both Duchovny and Moore are perfectly cast as the sexy go-getter couple that seem to have it all (and therefore they know their neighbours will covet this).

This is the kind of movie I wish I could keep up with – but unfortunately “The Joneses” did little business on this side of the pond. So it's not surprising to see that a ‘UK’ BLU RAY of it is AWOL. I say this because the American 20th Century Fox version is REGION A LOCKED – so it will not play on UK machines unless they’re chipped to be ‘all regions’ (which few are).

Until someone sees fit to release it on a REGION B title - this is another nugget denied us by Region Coding…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thinking comedy 28 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
`The Joneses' is an odd mix. It's not that well-known, despite having a cast-fill of recognisable faces heading it. Perhaps it's a difficult film to market, as people might expect an out and out comedy, when what they get is more of a wry satire on modern consumerism in the West.

Without giving away the plot, The Joneses is about - as the saying goes - `keeping up with the Joneses' and what people will do to avoid being seen as a lesser person to their neighbour. The story manages to balance being consistently funny with a scenario that holds up over ninety minutes, while at the same time, makes you think.

David Duchovny is second on the cast list to Demi Moore, but he should definitely do more comedy (his few one-liners in the X-files always added a nice comedic element to Mulder's character). He really gets all the best lines, as she plays the `straight man' to his observations. Their on-screen children aren't as fully developed character-wise as they could have been, but they play their small roles well.

The Joneses may not be an absolute classic, but it is certainly different enough to be watchable and entertaining, while at the same time making you think about a few `what ifs?' If you like satire, then give it a try. It's an undiscovered gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
When I read about this I was excited and rented it straight away, I thought the surprise would be that they were criminals,
who befriend people then steal their belongings... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WILL THEY SELL NEXT?
The starts out with the perfect family moving onto a posh community. Their home is perfect and they have all the high tech gadgets to the envy of all their neighbors. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different - loved it.
I stumbled upon the trailer for this film whilst looking for a completely different film and thought it looked intriguing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miss AL Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb cast and unique story
Sometimes its a real find to watch a movie which flips culture and genres and standard stories yet also providing enough for the actors to go with. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by Mitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This delivered much more than expected, thought it was smarter, darker, and more perceptive than the average comedy. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Dinah
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating premise, but ultimately not quite sucessful
The Jones family have just moved in to a new neighbourhood, and soon the attractive family members whose high-end consumer lifestyles make them objects of envy are firmly rooted in... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Seren Ade
4.0 out of 5 stars Between light entertainment and moral musings
Imagine the idea of revolutionary cells hijacked by corporate or business interests to sell products to the unsuspecting public and you have the essential premise of this movie. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Lark
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a very good movie
This movie starts out really well. The mystery of the Jonses is kept alive long enough for one to work it out for yourself, and then quickly get confirmation. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by X. Gallagher
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this...
The movie overall felt as though it was lacking any emotional depth and that spoiled it somewhat. The characters weren't really well thought out either I didn't think. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2010 by Scottish-Mermaid
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